Independent Lens Poster

(1999– )

Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards 2012

Won
Primetime Emmy
Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking
Connie Field (producer)
Lois Vossen (series senior producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
For the "Have You Heard From Johannesburg" series

Primetime Emmy Awards 2010

Nominated
Primetime Emmy
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
Todd Boekelheide (music by)
For episode "Blessed is the Match".

AFI Fest 2003

Won
Short Award - Special Mention
Sharat Raju
For episode "American Made".

AFI Fest 2001

Won
Documentary Award - Special Mention
Jan Louter
For episode "A Sad Flower in the Sand (#8.7)".

American Film Institute, USA 2004

Won
Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow Award
Sharat Raju
For episode "American Made".

American Film Institute, USA 2003

Won
Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award
Sharat Raju
For episode "American Made".

Angelus Awards Student Film Festival 2003

Won
Excellence in Filmmaking Award
Sharat Raju
For episode "American Made". (AFI).

Atlanta Film Festival 2002

Won
Audience Award
Matthew Buzzell
For episode "Jimmy Scott: If You Only Knew (#5.16)".

Black Reel Awards 2013

Won
Black Reel
Best Independent Documentary
Byron Hurt
For the episode "Soul Food Junkies"

Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2006

Nominated
Critics Choice Award
Best Documentary
For episode "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (#8.22)".

CINE Competition 2005

Won
CINE Golden Eagle
Professional Telecast Non-Fiction Division: People & Places
Frances McElroy
Maria Teresa Rodriguez
Ann Tegnell
Shirley Road Productions
Pata de Perro Productions

Golden Trailer Awards 2005

Nominated
Golden Trailer
Best Documentary
For episode "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (#8.22)".

Hamptons International Film Festival 2004

Won
Student Film Award
Graduate
Sharat Raju
For episode "American Made".

International Documentary Association 2015

Won
IDA Award
Best Curated Series
Sally Jo Fifer
Lois Vossen
Tied with P.O.V. (1988).

International Documentary Association 2014

Won
IDA Award
Best Curated Series
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Lois Vossen (deputy executive producer)

International Documentary Association 2013

Won
IDA Award
Best Continuing Series
Lois Vossen (producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)

International Documentary Association 2012

Nominated
IDA Award
Best Continuing Series
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Lois Vossen (senior series producer)

International Documentary Association 2005

Nominated
IDA Award
Feature Documentaries
Jon Alpert
For episode "The Last Cowboy (#7.3)".

International Documentary Association 2004

Won
IDA Award
Limited Series
Steve James
Gordon Quinn
For episode "The New Americans".

News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2015

Won
Emmy
Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting - Long Form
Wren Arthur (executive producer)
Steve Buscemi (executive producer)
Michael B. Clark (executive producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Tim Foley (executive producer)
Stanley Tucci (executive producer)
Alex Turtletaub (executive producer)
Andrew Cohn (producer/director)
Davy Rothbart (producer/director)
Rachel Dengiz (producer)
Rachael Counce (producer)
Lois Vossen (deputy executive producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For Medora
For episode "Medora"
Outstanding Historical Programming - Long Form
Bill Siegel (director/producer)
Justine Nagan (executive producer)
Leon Gast (executive producer)
Gordon Quinn (executive producer)
Kat White (executive producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Rachel Pikelny (producer)
Lois Vossen (deputy executive producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For The Trials of Muhammad Ali
For episode "The Trials of Muhammad Ali"
Nominated
Emmy
Outstanding Investigative Journalism - Long Form
Carlos Sandoval (director/producer)
Catherine Tambini (director/producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Lois Vossen (deputy executive director: Independent Lens)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For The State of Arizona
For episode "The State of Arizona"
Best Documentary
Bill Siegel (director/producer)
Justine Nagan (executive producer)
Leon Gast (executive producer)
Gordon Quinn (executive producer)
Kat White (executive producer)
Rachel Pikelny (producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For The Trials of Muhammad Ali
For episode "The Trials of Muhammad Ali"
Best Documentary
Lee Hirsch (director)
Cynthia Lowen (producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For Bully
For episode "Bully"
Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound
Dallas Taylor (re-recording mixer/supervising sound editor)
Ken McGill (sound editor)
Samson Neslund (sound editor)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For Blood Brother
For episode "Blood Brother"
Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Cinematography - Documentary and Long Form
Thomas Balmès (editor)
Nina Bernfeld (editor)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For Happiness
For episode "Happiness"
Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Cinematography - Documentary and Long Form
Aaron Wickenden (editor)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For The Trials of Muhammad Ali
Outstanding Informational Programming - Long Form
Lee Hirsch (director/producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Cindy Waitt (executive producer)
Lois Vossen (deputy executive producer)
Cynthia Lowen (producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For Bully
For episode "Bully"

News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2013

Nominated
Emmy
Best Documentary
Danfung Dennis
Dan Cogan (executive producer)
Karol Martesko (executive producer)
Gernot Schaffler (executive producer)
Thomas Brunner (executive producer)
Maxyne Franklin (executive producer)
Mike Lerner (producer)
Martin Herring (producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer: ITVS)
Lois Vossen (senior series producer: Independent Lens)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For Hell and Back Again
For episode "Hell and Back Again"
Outstanding Investigative Journalism - Long Form
Brad Lichtenstein (director/producer)
Nicole Docta (producer)
Brian Glazer (executive producer)
Justine Nagan (executive producer)
Gordon Quinn (executive producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer: ITVS)
Lois Vossen (senior series producer: Independent Lens)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For As Goes Janesville
For episode "As Goes Janesville"

News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2012

Won
Emmy
Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming
Scott Willis (director/producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Lois Vossen (senior series producer)
Neil Barrett (producer)
Jeff Werner (producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For The Woodmans
For episod "The Woodmans"
Nominated
Emmy
Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound
Miriam Cutler (composer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For The Desert of Forbidden Art
For episode "The Desert of Forbidden Art"
Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming
Tchavdar Georgiev (director/producer)
Amanda Pope (director/producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Lois Vossen (senior series producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For The Desert of Forbidden Art
For episode "The Desert of Forbidden Art"
Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story - Long Form
Duane Baughman (director/producer)
Johnny O'Hara (director)
Mark Siegel (producer)
Arleen Sorkin (producer)
Darius Fisher (co-producer)
Pamela B. Green (co-producer)
Jarik Van Sluijs (co-producer)
Glenn Aveni (executive producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer: ITVS)
Lois Vossen (senior series producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For Bhutto
For episode "Bhutto"
Outstanding Historical Programming - Long Form
Yael Hersonski (director/producer)
Itai Ken-Tor (producer)
Noemi Schory (producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Lois Vossen (senior series producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For Shtikat Haarchion
For episode "A Film Unfinished"

News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2011

Won
Emmy
Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming
Doug Pray (director)
Jimmy Greenway (producer)
Michael Nadeau (producer)
Mary Warlick (executive producer)
David Baldwin (executive producer)
Gregory Beauchamp (executive producer)
Kirk Souder (executive producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer: ITVS)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For Art & Copy
Nominated
Emmy
Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story - Long Form
S. Leo Chiang (producer/director)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer: ITVS)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For A Village Called Versailles
For episode "A Village Called Versailles"
Outstanding Historical Programming - Long Form
John J. Valadez (director/producer)
Judith Vecchione (executive producer: WGBH)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer: ITVS)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For episode "The Longoria Affair"
New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming: Documentaries
Jen Gilomen (producer/director)
Sally Rubin (producer/director)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For Deep Down: A Story from the Heart of Coal Country
For episode "Deep Down: A Story from the Heart of Coal Country"
Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Graphic Design and Art Direction
Gary Walker (visual effects)
Keith Maitland (art director)
Jason Archer (animator)
Paul Beck (animator)
Ryan Hennessee (animator)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For The Eyes of Me

News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2010

Nominated
Emmy
Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story - Long Form
Cassandra Herrman (producer/director)
Kelly Whalen (producer/director)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For Tulia, Texas
For episode "Tulia, Texas" (2/10/2009)
Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming
James Chressanthis (director/producer)
Zachary Kranzler (producer)
Kian Soleimanpour (producer)
Tony Frere (producer)
Elisa Bonora (co-producer)
Jimmy Conroy (executive producer)
David B. Kaminsky (executive producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Art Monterastelli (co-executive producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos
For episode "No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos"
Best Documentary
Stacy Peralta (producer/director)
Steve Luczo (executive producer)
Quincy Jones III (executive producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Baron Davis (producer)
Dan Halsted (producer)
Shaun Murphy (producer)
Gus Roxburgh (producer)
Cash Warren (producer)
Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
For Made in America
For episode "Crips and Bloods: Made in America"

News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2008

Won
Emmy
Best Documentary
Robert Levi (producer/director)
Joshua Blum (producer)
George Seminara (producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
For episode "Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life".
Nominated
Emmy
Outstanding Individual Achievement in a Craft: Music and Sound
Robert Levi (musical director)
Joshua Blum (producer)
George Seminara (producer)
Ray Hubley (music editor)
Dae Bennett (live music engineer)
Dave Kowalski (music mixer)
Susan Pelino (re-recording mixer)
For episode "Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life".

News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2006

Won
Emmy
Outstanding Cultural & Artistic Programming
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer)
Dan Jawitz (producer)
Mark J. Kaplan (producer)
François Verster (producer/director)
PBS Television
For episode "A Lion's Trail"
Nominated
Emmy
Best Documentary
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer: ITVS)
Catherine Gund (producer)
Leslie Sullivan (director)
PBS Television
For episode "A Touch of Greatness"

News & Documentary Emmy Awards 2004

Won
Emmy
Best Documentary
Chris Donahue (executive producer)
Sally Jo Fifer (executive producer: ITVS)
Tracy Droz Tragos (producer)
Randy Mason (producer: Kansas City Public TV)
Michael Murphy (producer: Kansas City Public TV)
Chris Tragos (co-producer)
Kat Tragos (co-producer)
For episode "Be Good, Smile Pretty (#5.5)".

Peabody Awards 2016

Won
Peabody Award
Documentary and Education
Assassin Films
BBC Storyville
For India's Daughter

Peabody Awards 2015

Won
Peabody Award
PBS
Bungalow Town Productions
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
NHK
IKON
Independent Television Service (ITVS)
For the documentary "Brakeless".

Peabody Awards 2013

Won
Peabody Award
PBS
Independent Television Service (ITVS)

San Diego Film Festival 2004

Won
Festival Award
Best Short Film
Sharat Raju
For episode "American Made".

Santa Barbara International Film Festival 2005

Won
Best Documentary Feature Award
Goro Toshima (director)

Satellite Awards 2006

Nominated
Satellite Award
Best Documentary DVD
For episode "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (#8.22)".

Satellite Awards 2005

Nominated
Satellite Award
Outstanding Motion Picture, Documentary
For episode "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (#8.22)".

Savannah Film and Video Festival 2004

Won
Best Student Film
Sharat Raju
For episode "American Made".

Toronto ReelWorld Film Festival 2004

Won
ReelWorld Award
Best International Short Film
Sharat Raju
For episode "American Made".

USA Film Festival 2004

Won
Family Award
Sharat Raju
For episode "American Made".

Western Heritage Awards 2006

Won
Bronze Wrangler
Western Documentary
Jon Alpert (producer/director)
For episode "The Last Cowboy (#7.3)".

Writers Guild of America, USA 2008

Won
WGA Award (TV)
Documentary - Other Than Current Events
Robert Levi
Robert Seidman
For episode "Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life".

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